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Principles for sustainable riverfront development for Malaysia

Md Yassin, Azlina and Bond, Sandy and McDonagh, John Principles for sustainable riverfront development for Malaysia. Journal of Techno-Social. ISSN 2229-8940

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Abstract

River and water are important resources for human life, environment and national development In Malaysia, the importance of rivers as the focal point of the cify was established from early times of civilisation and remains forever. Population and economic growth, urbanisation and increased technologp have transformed many A-Ialaysian river systems from water industries into non water industries. Due to these changes, the function of the riverfront areas have also changed and the current pattern of riverfront development in ~Malaysia now focus more on mixed-use development and recreation. Present% numbers of riverfront a!evelopment projects were developed in Malaysia for recreation, residential, and mixed- use^ Unforttmately, in most cases, the developments identified are not snccess$~l whereby, having cost effects more than economic value. For example. increases in water pollution indexes and rates of j~rvenile problems. The focus of this study was to examine waterfront development in ~Malaysiaa s well as to identzb the attributes of waterfront development, in order to develop guidelines for ivate<fvont development. The findings of this research were based on interviews conducted with Government officers, Property developers, and the Waterfront community from three case study areas (qzlalitative phase), and from questionnaires mailed and e-mailed to property development companies listed tmder R~rrsa ~Malaysia (quantitative phase). The findings identified 18 attributes to be used in assisting developers when undertaking waterfront projects in the future The atbzbutes identified were then recommended to be used as guidelines ofbest practices of riverfront development in iWalaysia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: waterfront; waterfront development; riverfront development; riverfront development guidelines
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Real Estate Management
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2012 12:57
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2012 12:57
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/2855
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